Painting Tips & Tricks – Choosing the Right Paint Colors (Interior)

Choosing the right interior paint color  might not be as easy as it sounds. There are quite a few things to factor in to ensure you are happy with your with you paint color choice. No matter how large or small your painting project may be, it would be a shame to do all that work and not be happy with the results. Whether you are hiring a painting professional or doing it yourself, here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when choosing the right paint color.

1. Mood.   An important factor when choosing paint color is to think about the mood you want to portray in each room.

  • Soft, cool colors – for a quiet, relaxed room.
  • Strong colors – for drama.
  • Warmer, brighter and contrasting colors – are appropriate for a sociable atmosphere.
  • Deeper blues, greens and neutrals – give a formal ambience.

Try not to lose sight of the mood you are trying to set. It may be easy to get off track, so jot it down on a piece of paper or keep notes. I find that helps when I m making decisions with paint colors.

2. Flow.   As you are choosing your paint colors, consider how they will flow from room to room. Walk around and visualize as you go in each room, all the while keeping the mood of each room in mind. It is also a good idea to base your paint colors off of existing artwork, furniture and décor. It will be a lot easier to pick a color based on the other aspects in your room rather than picking a color for your walls and trying to match furniture and décor with it afterwards. Get the room planned, and then select the paint to support all the other things going into the space. Following this simple tip can make your life a whole lot easier.

3. Educate Yourself.   Learning basic color terms will help you understand what you are looking for. It will also help you be able to explain your vision for color when you go into the paint store, or getting help from your painting professionals.

  • Sheen – is the shine of the paint
  • Hue – is the color
  • Intensity – is how bright the hue is.
  • Saturation – how dominant the hue is (light & dark).

A color wheel is a great reference tool. Use it for modifying and intensifying two or more colors. A color wheel can be purchased almost anywhere you can buy paint, keep one on hand.

4. Lighting.  Paying attention to lighting is very important. The type of lighting in a room can change the look of your color.

  • Natural Daylight – shows the truest color.
  • Incandescent Light – brings out warm tones and yellows.
  • Florescent Light – has a sharp blue tone.

Keep in mind the type of lighting in the paint store when looking at color swatches, the light in the store may differ from the lighting in your home.

5. Paint Finishes.   If you are not a fan of having different colors on your walls, you can break up the rooms by choosing different finishes in the same color paint. One color can take on new significance when applied in different finishes. Note: the higher the gloss the more durable the paint.

  • Flat or Matte – soaks up, rather than reflects light. Use in bedrooms and other low traffic areas.
  • Eggshell – Matte, and less reflective. Practical for living rooms and dining rooms.
  • Satin – has slightly more sheen than eggshell. Great in high traffic areas.
  • Semi-Gloss – has some shine to it. Great for trim, kitchens and bathrooms.
  • High-Gloss – hard, ultra shiny and light reflecting. Ideal for cabinets, trim and doors.

A wall color can remain the same hue, but use an eggshell finish on the walls and a satin or semi-gloss on the trim. The color will appear slightly different on each surface.

7. Color Test.  Once you have decided on the paint colors you would like to use it’s time to test the colors out. Test on different areas of the wall, start small and work your way up to the larger rooms. If you have tested a color and are happy with the results, choose the smallest room to start with. It is a lot easier to re-paint as small room as opposed to a larger area if it turns out the color is not quite what you were expecting. Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone when testing paint colors.

Did you know tinted ceilings can dramatically change the look of a room? Why not give it a try?

Choosing the right interior paint color may not be as easy as it sounds, however, do not let yourself get intimidated. If you need assistance, paint professionals whether being a contractor or in the paint store are always happy to help. Hopefully these tips and tricks for choosing the right paint colors will help you with your next interior painting project no matter how big or small.

If you have enjoyed these painting tips and tricks and have any questions or need assistance with your next painting and renovation project, feel free to email us. We will be happy to assist in any way possible!